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Sandra Orihuela, Esq.

Awards and Recognitions

Chambers & Partners Global

Foreign Expert in the USA: Energy and Natural Resources: Mining, Peru Notable Practitioner (Peru: Energy & Natural Resources: Mining) Notable Practitioner (Peru: Environment)

2010 - 2019
Best Lawyers™
Mining Law, Peru
2015 - 2019
Chambers & Partners Global

Sandra Orihuela splits her time between Lima and Miami. As a dual-qualified lawyer in Peru and Colorado, her knowledge of the US and Peruvian market is invaluable to North American investors into the region: “She has a great understanding of North American and South American business cultures, enabling her to iron out any misunderstandings.” Her corporate knowledge is particularly strong in the mining sector, having worked in-house at Placer Dome Latin America.

2010 - 2019
Who’s Who Legal
Global Leader Mining, Peru
2019 - 2022
Chambers & Partners Latin America

Sources praise Sandra Orihuela for being an “experienced lawyer with good management skills, able to handle legal matters in Peru and Miami equally well.”

2010 - 2017
Chambers & Partners Latin America

Notable Practitioner (Peru: Corporate/M&A) Notable Practitioner (Peru: Energy & Natural Resources: Mining) Foreign Expert (Peru: Corporate/M&A) Foreign Expert Based Abroad (USA: Corporate/M&A)

2010 - 2017
Best Lawyers™

Lawyer of the Year

Mining, Peru


-Colorado Supreme Court
-Colorado Bar Association

-Lima Bar Association (Colegio de Abogados de Lima)
-Association of Women in the Metal Industries
-Women's Hispanic Executive Association (WhE)

*Licensed in the US (Colorado) and in Peru. Not licensed in Florida.


English, Spanish and French


  • sog@orihuelalegal.com


Sandra Orihuela is the founder of this legal boutique specializing in corporate international matters, anti-bribery prevention and compliance. As a dual licensed attorney in the United States and Peru, Ms. Orihuela actively manages legal work for the firm, representing U.S., Canadian, European, and Japanese entities investing in the U.S., Europe and throughout Latin America from diverse industries, including life sciences, technology, media and communications, entertainment, construction, oil & gas, mining, engineering, agriculture, consumer products and retail businesses. 

Ms. Orihuela has a strong corporate international background, including structuring and implementing complex cross-border acquisitions, addressing international tax issues, trade, labor, customs, environmental, foreign investment protections, multi-country regulatory matters, intricate arbitration litigation and dispute resolution. She is also a regional expert and go-to counsel on an array of anti-corruption and compliance matters, from the assessment and design of comprehensive corporate compliance programs to oversight of remediation and crisis management plans, while conducting internal investigations alongside forensic teams, actively supporting management and monitor teams, and implementing tailored internal policies. Her expertise includes preventive matters under the FCPA and the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, as well as enhanced internal controls and best corporate governance practices under Dodd-Frank, Sarbanes-Oxley, AML standards and local/in-country regulations.

Ms. Orihuela also has extensive experience in the life sciences industry, including business, legal and compliance aspects of optical, medical and digital precision technologies. She has also been involved in innovative technology related matters, including Artificial Intelligence and cybersecurity regulations in Europe and the U.S.; digital media, B2B, Fintech, Internet and E-Commerce.  Ms. Orihuela has also been involved directly in all stages of mining projects with strong international investment component, from the confidentiality agreement phase, through the exploration, environmental impact study, production, NSRs, streaming, construction and development, mine life extension and resource expansion phases. Her multi-industry knowledge, in-depth legal and corporate compliance expertise and domain of both, civil and common law legal matters and cultures, provides clients with efficient and dynamic solutions for their ongoing corporate needs.

Serving in a role similar to in-house counsel for most of the firm’s clients or under a secondment arrangement, Ms. Orihuela provides hands-on expertise, strategic planning, direction and oversight of legal and compliance matters. 

Prior to founding the firm, Ms. Orihuela worked at top tier U.S. law firms and in-house for a Canadian multinational.  She has participated in cross-border projects in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Canada and the United States.

Ms. Orihuela is a frequent writer and speaker at international forums and has been recognized as a leading international lawyer by several reputable organizations, including Chambers & Partners, a global guide of best lawyers and law firms.



-University of Colorado (Denver, CO) – Bachelor of Arts.
-University of Colorado (Boulder, CO) – Attorney at Law, Doctorate in Jurisprudence (Juris Doctor).
-Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú) (Lima, Peru) – Civil Law Attorney.
-International Chamber of Commerce (Paris, France) – Arbitrator Training.
-International Anti-Corruption Academy (“IACA”) (Vienna, Austria) – Legal Incentives for Corporate Integrity Training.
-American University, Washington College of Law (Washington DC) – U.S. and International Anti-Corruption Law Program.
-Harvard Business School, Executive Program, Board Governance. (Boston, MA)